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Poster: Spuzz Date: Aug 26, 2004 2:24pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: MOVIE OF THE WEEK! 09/27/04!! Jam Handy finally!

Welcome to the club that never dies!!!! Welcome to another round of MOVIE OF THE WEEK MADNESS! This week, we're going back into the prelinger archives! Yay! Let's get right to it! There's 1910 movies.. and random.org chooses...

238!!!

So looking that up, This week's movie is...

Bridging San Francisco Bay!!!

Oh this is a great movie! Another California movie too ;) And our first Jam Handy movie! Imagine that!

The link to it is at...

http://www.archive.org/movies/details-db.php?collection=prelinger&collectionid=01854

Have fun! I know i will!

Bill

This post was modified by Spuzz on 2004-08-26 21:24:30

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Poster: Spuzz Date: Aug 27, 2004 9:22am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: MOVIE OF THE WEEK! 09/27/04!! Jam Handy finally!

Oops,

We HAVE had a Jam Handy film already.. That would be one of the Chevrolet News Leader reports that we had a few months ago...

My bad.

:)

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Poster: tambora Date: Aug 29, 2004 11:23am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: MOVIE OF THE WEEK! 09/27/04!! Jam Handy finally!

I claim the part with the guys jumping up and down on the rope bridges for an upcoming clipfilm. It's surreally beautiful.

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Poster: summerseve Date: Aug 29, 2004 1:17pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: MOVIE OF THE WEEK! 09/27/04!! Jam Handy finally!

My god--these men were either incredibly brave, desperate for work, or completely insane! Or all of the above. Anyone know if there were any casualties on this job?

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Aug 29, 2004 1:38pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: MOVIE OF THE WEEK! 09/27/04!! Jam Handy finally!

I recall from a PBS documentary that there were a greater number of casualites builing the Transbay bridge than the (more difficult) Golden Gate bridge, in part because the designer insisted on a number of additional safety measures including a netting under the entire structure.

This post was modified by Steve Nordby on 2004-08-29 20:38:03

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Poster: Marysz Date: Aug 29, 2004 10:38am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: MOVIE OF THE WEEK! 09/27/04!! Jam Handy finally!

How was this bridge paid for? Was it a WPA project?

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Poster: Spuzz Date: Aug 29, 2004 10:56am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: MOVIE OF THE WEEK! 09/27/04!! Jam Handy finally!

According to the most interesting article "Symphonies in Steel: Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate" by John Bernard McGloin, S.J. professor of History, University of San Francisco

.."Total cost of the bridge, including interurban electric rail facilities (since unfortunately abandoned), amounted to $79.5 million. This was financed by sale of 4 and 3 percent revenue bonds, which were purchased by the Federal Reconstruction Finance Corporation. In addition to these bonds, the California State Gas Tax Fund loaned $6 million for the building of the approaches; both sums were eventually repaid from toll revenues. (In 1958, a four-year reconstruction program was undertaken at a cost of $35 million.)"

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Poster: Marysz Date: Aug 29, 2004 12:31pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: MOVIE OF THE WEEK! 09/27/04!! Jam Handy finally!

I got this from infoplease.com about the Reconstruction Finance Corporation:

Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC), former U.S. government agency, created in 1932 by the administration of Herbert Hoover. Its purpose was to facilitate economic activity by lending money in the depression. At first it lent money only to financial, industrial, and agricultural institutions, but the scope of its operations was greatly widened by the New Deal administrations of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

So the bridge was a make-work project during the Depression as well as an engineering marvel.